Former State Senator Thomas Bromwell, Mary Patricia Bromwell And W. David Stoffregen Indicted In Racketeering Scheme

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United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announces that today a federal grand jury indicted former state Senator Thomas L. Bromwell, Sr.; his wife, Mary Patricia Bromwell; and the former president and chief executive officer of the Poole and Kent Corporation, W. David Stoffregen, of Towson, Maryland, with crimes committed in connection with Bromwell’s state Senate office, and minority contracting fraud.

The 30-count indictment charges the Bromwells and Stoffregen with conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced Criminal Organizations Act, commonly known as RICO, as well as wire fraud (except Mary Patricia Bromwell who is not charged with wire fraud), mail fraud and extortion.

In addition, Thomas Bromwell is charged with one count of making a false statement to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and four counts of filing false tax returns. Stoffregen is also charged with one count of obstruction of justice relating to witness tampering.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said, “The charges in this indictment allege a serious abuse of public office for private financial gain. Citizens and businesspeople deserve to know that government officials in Maryland will be held accountable if they sell their offices.”

The indictment alleges that during the late 1990s and early 2000s, Stoffregen provided various benefits to Senator Bromwell in exchange for Bromwell’s agreement to use his influence and official position as a state senator to assist Stoffregen and his company, Poole and Kent.

Alleged benefits that Bromwell received include construction work valued at more than $85,000 on a new house built in Baltimore County in 2000 to 2001 that was provided by Stoffregen for free or at a reduced cost; and more than $192,000 in payments provided to Mary Patricia Bromwell from January 2001 to May 30, 2003 for a no-show job at Namco Services Corporation.

In the fall of 2000, Stoffregen allegedly offered to pay Bromwell approximately $80,000 annually to remain in his Senate office rather than leave the Senate to take a position at the Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund. Bromwell allegedly agreed to remain in the Senate in exchange for the payments from Stoffregen that were disguised as the Namco salary payments to Mary Patricia Bromwell.

The indictment further alleges that Senator Bromwell, who was chair of the Senate Finance Committee, used his influence to help Poole and Kent win a multi-million dollar bid to perform the mechanical subcontract on the University of Maryland Medical System’s (UMMS) Weinberg Building in downtown Baltimore. Bromwell also allegedly intervened in various business disputes on Poole and Kent’s behalf, including c

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